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Walter Johnson and Maurice Johnson: notes on civil and canon law

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10420

Scope and Contents

The manuscript is titled 'Cases in civil law, and in the canon law. MSS. Collected at Cambridge by the Reverend Walter Johnson LLB. rector of Red Marshall in the diocoes of Durham SGSS. during his attending the lectures of the learned Dr Francis Dickens the Law professor at Cambridge. With others by Maurice Johnson of the Hon:ble Society of the Inner Temple London. And precedents, formulae, references and remarkes in cases of administration to intestates etc. MSS MJ No. CXXXIV'. The legal notes are in two hands, the first written in Latin from f. 5v to f. 12r and the second in Latin and English from f. 14r to f. 45r (rectos only). Ff. 47r-49v, 51 and 53r contain notes on the death of John Johnson (d. 1744), brother of Maurice Johnson, and copies of legal documents relating to the administration of his estate. Ff. 54v-60r are taken up with 'Accompts of Maurice Johnson Jun:or Esq. as Administrator of his late brother Jno Johnson Esq.' The volume has original foliation to f. 228 but all after f. 60 are otherwise blank.


  • Creation: 1720s-1740s?


Biographical / Historical

Walter Johnson (baptised 1686, buried 1760) was the son of Martin Johnson, gentleman, of Spalding, Lincolnshire. He was educated at Spalding Grammar School (where he later served as headmaster) and St John's College, Cambridge (matriculated 1703, readmitted as Fellow Commoner in 1722). He was ordained in 1723 and was rector of Redmarshall, Durham, from 1737 to 1760. Maurice Johnson (1688-1755), antiquary and barrister, was born in Spalding, the son of Maurice Johnson (1661-1747), landowner, and his wife Jane. He trained at the Inner Temple and was called to the bar in 1710. He was a founder, and at various times secrectary and president, of the Spalding Gentlemen's Society.


0.002 cubic metre(s) (1 volume) : Paper

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Custodial History

The volume bears the bookplate of Maurice Johnson. It later formed part of The Peter and Pat Crofts Collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 2022.

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